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DECLASSIFIED PER EXECUTIVE ORDER 12356, SECTION 3.3, NND PROJECT
NUMBER NIYD 96F002, BY  RB/VSW, DATE 2/16/96

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE REPORT
Note: This Document contains information affecting the national defense of
the United States within the meaning of the espionage laws. Title 18,
U.S.C., Sec 793 and 794. The transmission or revelation of its contents in
any manner to an unauthorized person is prohibited by law.

CONFIDENTIAL

This report contains unprocessed information. Plans and/or policies should
not be evolved or modified solely on the basis of this report.
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1.  Country:   VS, RVN MR-3, PHOUC TUY Province

2.  Subject: (U) VC of the BINH SON (VC) District Party Committee, SR-4

3.  ISC Number: 720,000

4.  Date of Information: May 70

5.  Place and date of acq: CMIC, SAIGON, VS 27 Oct 71

6.  Evaluation: Source F Information 6

7.  Source: PW Interrogation

8.  Report Number: 6 029 0150 71

9.  Date of Report: 29 Nov 71

10.  No. Of Pages 10

11.  References: DIRM: 1S1 BIG MACK ICP: EEI 4a(1)                             

12.  Originator: US Element, CMIC, USMACV       

13.  Prepared by: ARTHUR A. BOULETTE
                  SP5, USA

14.  Approving Authority: (signed)
                          LAVERN A GUSTAFSON,
                          MAJ, USA, Acting Dir,
                          US Elm, CMIC

15.  Summary: (C) This report contains information concerning VCI of the
BINH SON (VC) District Party Committee, SR-4, to incude subordination,
organization, mission, barriers to effectiveness, and personalities. THIS
REPORT PARTIALLY SATISFIES THE REQUIREMENTS OF BIG MACK ICP.

1.  (C) Background Information:

a.  Name: TRAN VAN CAU (TRAANL, VEAN CAAUL), CMIC 0385-71

b.  Rank: None (VC)

c.  Position and Unit of Assignment: Member; Military Proselyting Section,
BINH SON (VC) District Party Committee, PHUOC TUY Province, RVN

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d.  DPOB: 1941 ; TAN NHON PHU Village, THU DUC District, GIA DINH
Province, RVN

e.  Parents' Names: Father, HUYNH VAN KIA (HYNHL, VEAN KIA), deceased;
Mother, TRAN THI QUAN (TRAANL, THIV QAANL), deceased

f.  Circumstances of Capture.  On 3 Aug 71, Source was picked up by two
commo-liaison men and a cadre man from the Organization Section, XUAN LOC
District Party Committee, who were to escort Source to his new assignment
as a member of the Organization Section.  At 1800 hours on the same day,
the group was ambushed by an unidentified ARVN unit, and Source and
another man were captured.

g.  Significant Activies:

(1) DOB to May 66.  In Apr 47, Source joined the VIET MINH as a member of
the Propaganda Section, TAN NHON PHU Village Administrative Committee, THU
DUC District Unit, and was responsible for encouraging the people of his
village to rebel against the French.  Source remained in this position
until 1950.  In Nov 50, Source was assigned as the political officer of
the TAN NHON PHU Village Unit, and was concurrently the unit adjutant.
Source gave political indoctrination to the members of the unit until Aug
54.  In Aug 54, Source returned home to farm at his POB, and remained
there until Feb or Mar 58, when he moved to BINH SON Hamlet, LONG THANH
District, BIEN HOA Province.  Source worked as a laborer on the BINH SON
Rubber Plantation until early 1966.  In Jan 66, Source was arrested by an
unidentified element of the ARVN on suspicion of working for the VC, and
was detained until Apr 66.

(2) May 66 to May 70.  When Source was released from the ARVN, he returned
back to work and was constantly harassed.  In May 1966, Source joined the
VC, and was assigned to the Political Struggle Section of the BINH SON
District Party Committee.  Source's mission was to receive monthly reports
on the political situations from the BINH SON and SIPH Village Party
Commitees and forward them to the Province Party Committee and to the
Political Struggle Section, SR-4.  Source remained in this position until
Aug 68, Source was transferred to the Proselyting Section of the BINH SON
Party Committee.  He performed the same duties as he had in the Political
Struggle Section, remaining with this unit until May 70. (3) May 70 to 3
Aug 71.  In May 70, Source became ill and was taken to the dispensary of
BINH SON District Party Committee, located in BINH SON Hamlet.  Source was
told by the medical technician at the dispensary that he had lung trouble
and was to relax and try to recuperate.  Source returned to the
Proselyting Section and remained there until Jun 71.  Source did not
perform any duties while he recuperated. On Jun 71, Source was told by the
Secretary of the Party Committee that he was being transferred to the
Organization Section, XUAN LOC District Party Committee, because the BINH
SON and XUAN LOC Committees were going to merge sometime in the near
future.

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On 1 Jul 71, the assistant chief of the Organization Section and the
leader of the XUAN LOC District Unit came to escort Source to the Party
Committee, but Source was too ill to travel.  The two cadre told Source
that they were going to select another site for a base camp, and that they
would return to pick him up and escort him to committee.  On 3 Aug 71, at
1500 hours, two commo-liaison personnel and a cadre man from the
Organization Section came to escort Source to the Organization Section.
En route to the party committe, they were ambused by an unidentified ARVN
unit and Source was captured.

h.  Additional References: CMIC PW/Rallier Exploitation Guide

2. (C)  Source Biographical Data:

a.  Name: TRAN VAN CAU (TRAANL, VEAN CAAUL)

b.  Party Name: CHI THANH (CHI, THANH)

c: Cover Name: None

d: Sex: Male

e: Place of Birth: TAN NHON PHU Village, THU DUC District, GIA DINH
Province, RVN

f: Date of Birth: 1941

g: Last Residence: TAN NHON PHU Village, THU DUC District, GIA DINH
Province, RVN

h.  VCI Position: Member of the BINH SON (VC) District Party Committee,
 SR-4; 20 Aug 68 to May 70

i.  Operating Area: The Military Proselyting Section, BINH SON (VC)
District Party Committee, operated throughout BINH SON District

j.  Operating Overtly/Covertly: Overtly

k.  Last and Highest Position in the Party and Dates Held: District Party
Committee member; May 66 to May 70

l.  Last and Highest Position in VC Government: None

m.  Other Concurrent Positions and Dates Held: None

n.  Distinguising Characteristics: Many gold capped teeth

o.  Social Class: Peasant

p.  Nationality: Vietnamese

q.  Ethnic Group: Vietnamese

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r.  Other Languages: None

s.  Religion: Ancestor Worship

t.  Occupation: Farmer before he joined the VC

u.  Education: Source attended school from 1921 to 1923, in TAN NHON PHU
Village, THU DUC district, GIA DINH Province, RVN

v.  Marital Status/Number of Children: Married; one son (deceased) and
three daughters (Source has not seen his family for 6 years)

w.  Wife's Name, Place of Residence: NGUYEN THI BA (NGUYEENX, THIV BA) age
50, lives in TAN NHON PHU Village, THU DUC District, GIA DINH Province,
RVN

x.  Father's Name, Place of Residence: HUYNH VAN KIA (HUYNHL, VEAN KIA);
deceased

y.  Mother's Name, Place of Residence: TRAN THI QUAN (TRAANL, THIV QAANL);
deceased

z.  Date Joined the Revolution: Apr 47

aa: Date Admitted to the Party: Probationary, May 49; Official, Nov 49

bb: Training Courses Attended, Dates: None

cc: Relatives working for the ARVN/GVN: None

dd: Relatives working for the Revolution: None (Source's son was a member
of a VC unit subordinate to SR-4, but he was killed in Apr 70 (NFI).)

3.  (C) VCI of the BINH SON District Committee, SR-4:

a.  General.  The BINH SON (VC) District Party Committee, composed of
seven sections, had the mission of organizing and controling AN DIEN, KHU
BAC and BINH SON Villages, and the HERINA and SIPH Rubber Plantations,
BINH SON (VC) District, BIEN HOA (VC) Province.  The BINH SON (VC)
District Party Committee was located in the jungle approximately 10
kilometers southwest of the BINH SON Rubber Plantation, near the TRAU
Stream, BIEN HOA (VC) Province.  In Aug 68, Source was assigned as a
member of the Military Proselyting Section, BINH SON (VC) District
Committee.  Source worked in this section until May 70, when he became ill
with a lung infection and was sent to the BINH SON Dispensary.  (See
organizational chart on page 10 of this report.)

B.  Committees:

(1) BINH SON (VC) District Party Committee:

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(a) History.  The BINH SON (VC) District Committee was formed in early
1966.  At the time of its formation, the committee also had a rear service
section; however, this section was disbanded in early 1970, because its
ranks had been depleted through sickness, and because civilians were no
longer willing to either provide rice to the VC or to serve as ammo or
food bearers.  Since 1966, the BINH SON (VC) District Committee's strength
had drastically been reduced because of deaths and the lack of
replacements due to the GVN Pacification Program.  Prior to Aug 68, the
BINH SON (VC) District Committee was subordinate to the BIEN HOA (VC)
Province Party Committee, but this committee was disbanded with the
formation of SR-4 (NFI).

(b) Subordination and Strength.  The BINH SON (VC) District Party
 Committee was directly subordinate to the Current Affairs Committee, SR-4
 Party Committee.  Source was told of this subordination by his friend,
 HOANG VAN THIN (HOANGL, VEAN THINL), who was a member of the Propoganda
 and Training Section (NFI).  As of May 70, there were 30 men in this
 committee.  Besides the members mentioned below, one secretary, one cook,
 one supply cook, and four security guards were in the committee; they
 were attached to the Headquarters.

(c) Identification.  THE LBN for the Military Proselyting Section, BINH
SON (VC) District Committee, SR-4, for the year 1970, was HT 2846A.
Source was unable to provide further information on this subject.

(d) Mission.  The mission of the BINK|H SON (VC) District Committee was to
control the district, to receive orders from SR-4, and to arrange for the
execution of these orders at both district and village levels.  The
committee had the mission of coordinating both the military and political
operations within the distrit in order to gain control of both the
population and the territory of BINH SON (VC) District, BIEN HOA (VC)
Province, RVN.  Source had no knowledge of the methods of operation of
this committe e.

(e) Effectiveness.  Source felt that the committee was effective in its
task of organizing and arranging for the execution of orders, because the
subordinate units were always aware of their current orders.

(f) Barriers to Effectiveness: Source believed that the greatest barrier
to the operations of the committee were the operations of the Allied units
in the district and the success of the GVN Pacification Program, which had
moved a large percentage of the population into strategic hamlets, where
they were not susceptible to proselyting and tax collection.  The loss of
personnel for recruitment was greater than the loss of tax revenues
because of this program.

(g) Personalities:

Secretary: TAM THANH (TAMS, THANH); age 45, 1.60m, 49kg, light complexion,
VC

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Deputy Secretary: UT TAN (UTS,< TAAN); age 40, 1.60m, 50kg, dark
complexion, VC

Member: HAI TAN THAHN (HAI, TAANS THANHL); age 40, 1.60m, 47kg, light
complexion, VC

Member: NAM TRON (NEAM, TRONL); age 35, 1.45m, 49kg, light complexion, VC

Member: TU NGHIA (TUW, NGHIAX); aage 30, 1.45m, 47kg, light complexion, VC

Member: SAU VIET (SAUS, VIEETV); age 30, 1.60m, 46kg, light complexion, VC

(c) Sections:

(1) Civilian Proselyting Section:

(a) Subordination and Strength.  The Civilian Proselyting Section was
directly subordinate to the BINH SON (VC) District Party Committee.  It
had a chief and one member.

(b) Mission.  The mission of the Civilian Proselyting Section was to
organize the civilian population of BINH SON (VC) District into one
political mass for the purposes of indoctrination, tax collection, and the
recruitment of personnel for the units of SR-4.

(C)  Effectiveness and Barriers to Effectiveness.  Source did not know how
effective the Civilian Proselyting Section was in BINH SON District.
However, he said that proselyting villagers was extremely difficult in
SR-4, because the majority of the villagers, especially the younger men,
had moved to strategic hamlets.

(d) Personalities:

Chief: NGUYEN QUOC THONG (NGUYEENX, QOCS THOONGS); age 35, 1.45m, 45kg,
light complexion, VC

Member: NGUYEN VAN TIEN (NGUYEENX, VEAN TIEENL); age 30, 1.50m, 47kg,
light complexion, VC

(2) Military Proselyting Section:

(a) Subordination and Strength.  The Military Proselyting Section was
directly subordinate to the BINH SON (VC) District Party Committee.  It
had a chief and one member (Source).

(b) Mission.  The mission of the Military Proselyting Section was to
launch communist propaganda campaigns among the families which had sons
and daughters serving or working for the ARVN.  These campaigns were aimed
at urging the parents to persuade their children to join the VC.  

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Barriers to Effectiveness.  Most of the villagers had moved to strategic
hamlets, which made it difficult for cadre to contact the families.  A
loss of personnel in the section also made it difficult for the section to
carry out its mission.

(d) Personalities:

Chief: HAI TAN THANH (HAI, TAANS THANHL); age 40, 1.60m, 47 kg, light
complexion, VC

(3) Security Section:

(a) Subordination and Strength.  The Security Section was directly
subordinate to the BINH SON (VC) District Party committee.  It had a chief
and four members.

(b) Mission.  The mission of the Security Section was to detect suspected
ARVN or GVN agents within the ranks of the BINH SON (VC) District Party
Committee Infrastructure.  The Secutiry Section also had the mission of
spying on Allied Forces (NFI).

(c)   Personalities:

Chief: NGUYEN VAN HUNG (NGUYEENX, VEAN HUNGL); age 42, 1.55m, 55kg, light
complexion, VC

Member: HONG (HOONGL); age 34, 1.45m, 48kg, light complexion, VC

Member: NAM UT (NEAM, UTS); age 35, 1.50m, 50kg, light complexion, VC

Member: NGOC (NGOCV); age 37, 1.55m, 50kg, light complexion, VC

Member: BAO (BAOR); age 32, 1.60m, 60kg, light complexion, VC

(4) Propaganda and Training Section:

(a) Subordination and strength.  The propaganda and Training Section was
directly subordinate to the BINH SON (VC) District Party Committee.  It
was composed of a chief and two members.

(b) Mission.  The mission of the Propaganda and Training Section was to
distribute leaflets received from SR-4 to the villagers of BINH SON
District, BIEN HOA Province, RVN; to train selected individuals as cell
leaders; and in VC controlled areas to establish schools for the children
of BINH SON District Party Committee personnel.

(C) Effectiveness and Barriers to Effectiveness.  Source did not know how
weffective ths ection was in its mission.  However, proselyting villagers
was extremely difficult because the majority of them had moved to
strategic hamlets which were under the control of the GVN.

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Personalities:

Chief: NGUYEN VAN LIEN (NGUYEENX, VEAN LIEEN); age 45, 1.50m, 50kg, light
complexion, VC

Member: NGO (NGOV); age 38, 1.55m, 52kg, light complexion, VC

Member: HOANG VAN THIN (HOANGL, VEAN THINL); age 30, 1.50,. 50kg, light
complexion, VC

(5) Political Struggle Section:

(a) Subordination and Strength: The Political Struggle Section was
directly subordinate to the BINH SON (VC) District Party Committee. The
section consisted of one member.

(b) Mission.  The mission of the Political Struggle Section was to promote
popular uprisings against the GVN, a mission similar to that of the
Propaganda and Training Section.

(c) Personality:

Chief: NGUYEN VAN BINH (NGUYEENX, VEAN BINHL); age 35, 1.55m, 50kg, dark
complexion, VC

(6) Finance and Economy:

(a) Subordination and Strength: The Finance and Economy Section ws
directly subordinate to the BINH SON (VC) District Party Committee.  It
was composed of a chief and a secretary.

(b) Mission: The mission of the Finance and Economy section was to secure
money and distribute it to the sections and military units subordinate to
the BINH SON District Party Committee.

(c) Methods of Operation.  Money for the BINH SON (VC) District Party
Committee was obtained in two ways: the collection of taxes at village
levels, and the allocation of money from SR-4.  Since the strength of the
procurement section had dwindled to zero and the section had been
disbanded, the Finance and Economy Section was responsible for purchasing
rice and other foods for the sections of the committee.  Source did not
know how the money was collected or how purchases were made.

(d) Effectiveness and Barriers to Effectiveness.  Source considered the
Finance and Economy Section to be effective; however, money became more
difficult to obtain, and at times there was not enough money to buy food
because of the level of Allied operations in BINH SON District.  The
primary barrier to the effectiveness of the Finance and Economy Section
was the lack of funds.  Source attributed this to the success of the GVN
Pacification Program.

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(e) Personalities:

Chief: NGUYEN VAN NGAT (NGUYEENX, VEAN NGATV); age 42, 1.45m, 50kg, light
complexion, VC

Secretary: THANH (THANH); age 37, 1.50m, 55kg, light complexion,VC

(7) Youth Section:

(a) Subordination and Strength.  The Youth Section was directly
subordinate to the BINH SON District Party Committee.  It was composed of
one member.

(b) Mission.  The Youth Section had the mission of recruiting the youth of
the district and persuading them to carry rice and ammunition.  The Youth
Section also conducted political indoctrination classes among the youth of
the area.

(c) Barriers to Effectiveness.  The greatest barrier to the effectiveness
of the Youth Section was the fact that many of the youth had moved into
strategic hamlets.

(d) Personality:

Chief: NGUYEN THI HUONG (NGUYEENX, THIV, HUOWNG); age 30, 1.45m, 45kg,
female, light complexion, VC

(U) Comments: Source was cooperative and did not hesitate to offer
information.  The use of control questions revealed no attempts at
deception.  He was not administered the Cross-Cultural IQ Test.  Source
stated that he joined the VC because he was constantly being harrassed by
the ARVN.  He is dedicated to the Communist cause, because of the fair
treatment he has always received from the VC, and he refuses to believe
that the ARVN/Allied Forces will win the war.   Source appeared to be
quite intelligent.

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Organization Chart  of the BINH SON District Party Committee, as
provided by Captive, TRAN VAN CAU, CMIC 0385-71 (DOI: May 70)

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